April Newsletter 2019


Celebrating Traditional New Year In Cambodia, Laos, And Myanmar


Lao, Cambodian, and Burmese celebrate traditional new year in mid-April starting from the 13th to the 16th. The Water Festival and Blessing Ceremony bring together large crowds and are
accompanied by lively street celebrations. During this time, most restaurants and businesses are closed to allow their employees time to spend with their families. It is a good opportunity to get out of the city and check out the countryside, where you’ll find lots of celebrations and community gatherings. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited to take part. The three countries refer to their new year as follows: Bon Chol Chhnam Thmei in Cambodia, Songkran in Laos and Thingyan in Myanmar.


Flight Updates


Scoot Connects Athens and Laos with Services via Singapore

Scoot launched its inaugural flight from Singapore to Laos starting from April 01. It operates three-times weekly flights connecting Singapore with Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

With Luang Prabang and Vientiane joining the Scoot network, visitors from Athens will now be able to select among 65 destinations in Asia Pacific travelling via Singapore.

Bangkok Airways connects Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang

Bangkok Airways launched its new direct service from Chiang Mai in North Thailand to Luang Prabang – a World Heritage town in northern Laos.

The new service, scheduled three times a week, makes it possible for tourists to visit North Thailand and then fly direct to Luang Prabang in Laos without back-tracking to Bangkok.

Bamboo Airways plans Prague route

Bamboo Airways plans to fly to Prague in the Czech Republic in January 2020. Currently Vietnam Airlines is the only Vietnamese carrier serving Europe. If it happens, tourism performance between Vietnam and Czech Republic is predicted to grow significantly.

Vietnam Airlines opens self check-in kiosks at Heathrow Airport

Vietnam Airlines has announced that it will introduce automatic check-in kiosks at London’s Heathrow Airport in the UK from April 8.

The kiosk allows passengers to check in from 24 hours to 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time without waiting in queues.


Ylang Cruise To Launch In Lan Ha Bay, Ha Long Bay In August 2019


Ylang plans to start its first journey in August 2019. It offers a 2-night program through Lan Ha Bay – a tranquil part of Halong Bay – with a special focus on Wellness. 10 cabins are designed with a splendid blend of Indochinese concepts.


Fusion Resort Quang Binh to Open in 2020


Fusion Resort plans to open a new hotel in Quang Binh in the second quarter of 2020. This all spa inclusive resort will have 60 contemporary villas designed with earth tones and floor-to-ceiling windows. Each villa will come with private gardens and plunge pools. The largest will encompass 8,611 square feet. Quang Binh is home to natural wonders like Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, which is situated inside the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Promotion Of The Month


Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Resort is offering an early bird promotion of up to 30% off room and villa rates for any booking with:

  • Booking period: April – August 31 2019
  • Stay period: April – Oct 31 2019

This 5-star resort with its and idyllic, private beach is perfect for honeymooners and travellers who long to spend days relaxing at one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam.

Beach Breaks In South East Asia

With so many islands, long stretches of coastline and all bathed in a beautiful tropical climate, the region can truly boast some of the very best beach break destinations in the world. Even landlocked Laos has “4000 islands”!

So whether you’re looking for a tranquil escape to paradise or an activity filled trip between the waves, check out some of the ideas and options below that Saffron Travel can bring you for the perfect beach holiday.


Diving In Myanmar


Authentic Myanmar has a myriad of dive sites waiting to be discovered. With more than 800 islands, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is home to some of South East Asia’s best diving sites. The northern area of the archipelago is particularly untouched. Diving masters are still discovering everything the area has to offer, but you can expect healthy corals, schools of rays and the occasional whale or nurse shark.

Further west of the Mergui Archipelago, sites like the Burma Banks is highly recommended if you love to see pelagic species.


Inspiring Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island


Surrounded by peaceful yet breath-taking scenery Ha Long Bay is a unique location in Vietnam. The dramatic karst formations that sometimes seem as though they are floating in the sky will inspire and delight you, as will the selection of luxurious accommodation options, exotic spa treatments and activities you can enjoy together in these extraordinary surroundings.

Cat Ba Island is the largest island in Ha Long Bay and home to several traditional fishing communities. From Cat Ba, travellers can head to the lesser known area at the southern end of the bay – known as Lan Ha Bay. For adventure travellers who is interested in exploring the national park on the island, a biking trip might be an excellent option.



Phu Yen, Vietnam


Phu Yen is an off the beaten track destination in Central Vietnam with pristine beaches, peaceful fisherman villages, glistening mini desserts, fresh seafood, and astounding natural landscapes. Several beaches in Phu Yen are not yet visited much by tourists.

Regarding the accommodation in Phu Yen, Zanier Hotels will be opening its first resort in Vietnam at Bai San Ho, Phu Yen on the second half of 2020. Surrounded by spectacular hills and lush vegetation, this discrete peninsula lies far away from the mainstream tourist paths, in the province of Binh Dinh standing out with its soul and historical authenticity. The untouched and well protected coastline unmasks an impressive coral bay.


Koh Krabey and Koh Russey, Cambodia


Cambodia is one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. Home to the global wonder that is the Angkor Temple complex, Cambodia also boasts unspoilt beaches, virgin jungles and the fascinating cities of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the islands surrounding Sihanoulkville. A combined trip of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and several days relaxing by the beach of Koh Krabey or Koh Russey might be an ideal option for you.

The islands of Koh Krabey and Koh Russey are located just off the coast of Sihanoulkville and easily reached from Sihanoulkville airport. With its stunning coastline, dramatic headlands, tropical forests, all lined by untouched emerald waters and sandy beaches, these 2 islands are described as similar to those of “Thailand of 30 years ago.” The accommodation on Koh Krabey and Koh Russey add another reason for you to visit. Both the luxurious Alila Villas Koh Russey and Six Senses Koh Krabey are set to open by the end of this year. With international flights already operating to and from Sihanoulkville, the area is becoming one of Asia’s next hot island destinations.


Hotel Of The Month: Six Senses Koh Krabey, Cambodia


Six Senses Koh Krabey is located on a private island off the south coast of Cambodia. There are 40 free-standing pool villas. A lovely tropical path connects the villas with the restaurant and the bar.

There is a wide range of customized activities from snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and boat excursions to sustainable programs such as earth lab and organic farm. They suit both active guests and guests who long to unwind and relax-taking that the island has to offer.


Restaurant Of The Month: L’Elephant


L’Eléphant restaurant is located in the heart of the historic peninsula of Luang Prabang, between the Mekong and the Nam Khan river, Luang Prabang, which is the former Lao royal capital and a UNESCO listed World Heritage site.
The restaurant is a typical 1960’s colonial building, which will offers you traditional but creative cuisine made of local natural produce grown in their own gardens: fresh herbs from organic garden (coriander, mint, ginger, lemon grass), coconut milk, Luang Prabangmushrooms, buffalo and fish from the Mekong River. Guest will also have a chance to enjoy a cuisine which mixes between traditional French and local Laotian dishes: lamb shank perfumed with Indochina cardammon, tarte Tatin with exotic fruits and duck breast roasted with “Mak Toum” via the Burgundy snails.

Vietnamese Coconut Coffee

It is delicious and easy to make. Vietnamese coconut coffee is made with robust Vietnamese coffee and coconut milk. Drink it hot or cold depending on the season.



  • 2 oz Sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 oz coconut cream
  • 12 oz coffee strong brew


  • • In a small container mix together the condensed milk, and the coconut cream.
    • Slowly stir into the coffee.
    • By the way, if you want to drink it cold, just add ice.

Recipe and Images: Internet

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